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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Turn A Michigan Drunk Driving Charge Into A Dismissal

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Michael J. Nichols, Drunk-Driving

One of the most common reactions many people have to an arrest for drunk driving (OWI) is to accept that you are going to be convicted of a crime. That is not necessarily the case - nor should it be. Drunk driving is the most frequently charged crime in the United  States. It is considered to be the most easily prosecuted. However, the facts of each and every case must be examined and studied carefully with excruciating detail.

You should never rule out the possibility of a non-criminal result in your case or a not guilty verdict. Not guilty means simply "not proven beyond a reasonable doubt."          Two possible non-DUI results include Reckless driving and even better, Careless driving. Reckless driving is a criminal misdemeanor which results in 6 points on your Michigan driving record, a 90 day hard suspension of your driving privileges and $500.00 per year in Secretary of State Driver Assessment Fees for 2 years and 500.00 in fines.

A careless driving is a non-criminal traffic ticket with 3 points assessed on your driving record and a fine of $350. It is the proverbial: "golden ticket" of drunk driving defense.     While elusive, the East Lansing OWI attorney Mike Nichols recently resolved a high profile case by negotiating a careless driving result.

The key to achieving an outstanding result is resolve because it takes guts and determination to stand up for yourself and hang in there against the resources of the government.

For the attorneys who are committed to results, contact the Nichols Law Firm at (517) 432-9000.    

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Peer Recognition

Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.